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Genealogy and Literature

1995

Rowena Lee Quinby, editor

Genealogy and Literature

Traditionalists insist that literature transcends culture. Others counter that it is subversive by nature. By challenging both claims, Genealogy and Literature reveals the importance of literature for understanding dominant and often violent power/knowledge relations within a given society.

Traditionalists insist that literature transcends culture. Others counter that it is subversive by nature. By challenging both claims, Genealogy and Literature reveals the importance of literature for understanding dominant and often violent power/knowledge relations within a given society.

Contributors: Claudette Kemper Columbus, Lennard J. Davis, Simon During, Michel Foucault, Ellen J. Goldner, Tom Hayes, Kate Mehuron, Donald Mengay, Imafedia Okhamafe, Lee Quinby, José David Saldivar, and Malini Johar Schueller.

“. . . interesting and provacative work . . .” American Literature

Traditionalists insist that literature transcends culture. Others counter that it is subversive by nature. By challenging both claims, Genealogy and Literature reveals the importance of literature for understanding dominant and often violent power/knowledge relations within a given society.

The authors explore the ways in which literature functions as a cultural practice, the links between death and literature as a field of discourse, and the possibilities of dismantling modes of bodily regulation. Through wide-ranging investigations of writing from England, France, Nigeria, Peru, Japan, and the United States, they reinvigorate the study of literature as a means of understanding the complexities of everyday experience.

Contributors: Claudette Kemper Columbus, Hobart and William Smith Colleges; Lennard J. Davis, Binghamton U (SUNY); Simon During, U of Melbourne; Michel Foucault; Ellen J. Goldner, Syracuse U; Tom Hayes, CUNY; Kate Mehuron, Eastern Michigan U; Donald Mengay, CUNY; Imafedia Okhamafe, U of Nebraska; Lee Quinby, Hobart and William Smith Colleges; José David Saldivar, U of California, Berkeley; Malini Johar Schueller, U of Florida.

Lee Quinby is professor of English and American studies at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. She is the author of Anti-Apocalypse: Exercises in Genealogical Criticism (Minnesota, 1994).

Genealogy and Literature

Dr. Lee Quinby is visiting professor at William E. Macaulay Honors College at CUNY. She is author of, among other books, Anti-Apocalypse: Exercises in Genealogical Criticism (Minnesota, 1994).

Genealogy and Literature

“. . . interesting and provacative work . . .” American Literature